OnLive Offering Unlimited Subscription

I like the idea of OnLive, I really do. It works extremely well (at PAX I even played it over the expo’s wifi, and it was very stable), and they’ve got this new thing you can plug up to your TV so you can play that way, which is cool, but they’ve been missing two things: a good selection of games and a goddamn monthly subscription plan that lets you play all the games you want.

Well, we’re still waiting on the good selection, but the other missing thing has arrived. OnLive revealed to its PlayPack plan, which lets you pay $9.99 a month to play as many games as you want in a new, separate archive of games. Any brand-new games OnLive gets won’t be playable in the PlayPack, but that’s probably OK since the subscription price on this thing is absurdly low. Obviously, you’ll still be able to buy normal passes for new releases in addition to your PlayPack plan.

The PlayPack goes live on January 15, but as of right now it’s in beta. There’s only way to get into the beta is to buy an OnLive system for your telly, which’ll run you $99, but you’ll also get a free full game out of it if you do so. Just so we’re clear, you will not have to have one of these systems to use PlayPack.

What I find most intriguing about this announcement though, is that it says the PlayPack will have 40 titles available at launch. By my count, all of OnLive only has 34 titles available total right now (the most recent retail release they’ve got being Shaun White Skateboarding, which hit about five weeks ago), which means they’ve got to have some pretty big developments in the works. OnLive just might grow into something very worthwhile after all. I’m looking forward to it.

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